Pelican residents may be asked to vote againPublished 11:15am Friday, April 26, 2013
PELICAN RAPIDS — Pelican voters may again be asked to approve renovations at the high school campus, perhaps as early as this fall.
A referendum for an $18.4 million project was defeated in March.
While details are still being finalized, it could be that voters will be asked to pass a similar referendum as in March, according to the Pelican Press.
Following a coordinated “no vote” campaign, the Pelican Rapids School Board discussed the need for a group of residents to advocate a yes vote campaign.
Project changes to the March vote are planned and discussions will continue in May.
Trail on the fast track for completion
PERHAM — The city of Perham is fast-tracking its Wildflower Trail for walkers and bikers, with completion scheduled by June 30.
In the works since 2007, the route was altered to accommodate a path along Coney Street, rather than paint lines on the roadway designating the trail, said the Perham Focus.
The trail will connect the Cal Miller bike path with the hospitals and schools, according to City Manager Kelcey Klemm.
The trail, named for the wildflower bordering the pathway, is a joint project between the city, the school and the hospital.
Perham orchestra program goes co-curricular
PERHAM — The orchestra program was a casualty of budget cuts approved by the Perham-Dent School Board last week.
Formerly an elective course, the activity will now live as a co-curricular program, with no class credit available. The board anticipates the change will save $60,000 a year.
A decision may still be made regarding other elective music offerings, such as garage band, according to the Perham Focus.
Numerous parents and students involved in orchestra spoke in opposition of the change, worried that it would hurt the program.
However, the school board told the group that it was operating at a deficit, which cannot continue, adding if the budget changes, it would consider reinstating orchestra as an elective.